A well-known former politician from India, accused of murder and that he has already faced justice for cases related to mafia activities, and his brother were shot dead while they were going to a medical center escorted by the police in northern India.
Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf shot to death live during a television broadcastwhen they were escorted by the Uttar Pradesh State Police, in the north of the country.
Ahmed was speaking to reporters on Saturday night when three men infiltrated among the group of reporters opened fire on him and his brother shouting “Hail to the god Ram,” a Hindu rallying cry in his attacks on the country’s Muslim minority.
“The police got them out of the car and took them for a medical check-up. Just after entering the medical compound, shots were heard (…) they were shot,” Atiq Ahmed’s lawyer told the press, Vijay Mishra.
Police managed to identify and arrest the three assailants. as reported by the Indian network NDTV. One of the parents of the alleged attackers told the press this Sunday that she found out about the participation of his son through the media and that she barely has contact with him.
Ahmed, former MP, and his brother were in police custody and had arrived at the town of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, to face a murder trial.
Both had been arrested in April in connection with the February death of Umesh Pal, a key witness in the 2005 assassination of Raju Pal, a lawmaker belonging to the regional Bahujan Samaj party (BSP).
Uttar Pradesh is governed by the ruling partyThe Hindu nationalist Indian People’s Party and opposition parties criticized the killings as a security lapse.
“Crime has peaked in Uttar Pradesh, and the morale of criminals is through the roof”Akhilesh Yadav, leader of the opposition Samajwadi Party, tweeted in Hindi.
The event was recorded in front of the cameras and The images went viral on social media. Instantly.
What happened has led the head of government of Uttar Presdesh, Adityanath Yogi, to convene a high-level meeting to study the security situation in the state and instruct agents to remain on high alert.
The state police, for their part, are facing criticism of the way in which the murder of Ahmed and his brother was committed, who were in their custody.
Ahmed Ahmed accumulates a hundred criminal cases against him, among them for assault and murder, and his popularity reached notoriety in the 90s, when he began a political career that led him to occupy a seat in the Lower House of the Indian Parliament or Lok Sabha.
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(With information from Europe Press and EFE)